MUST DO: party at the last local festies this summer

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The ace York Rise Street Party is back on Sunday. Plus two others to consider this weekend


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DARTMOUTH PARK: York Rise Street Party

It's always a corker. The last local festival of the season. Photo: Twitter
It’s always a corker. Aerial view last year. Photo: Twitter
This weekend sees the return of our second favourite NW5 street festie after the mighty Alma Street Fair. Stretching the length of York Rise, Dartmouth Park’s central strasse, there’ll be stalls selling bric-a-brac, vintage stuff and home-made edibles, with story-telling, a 1960s Kindness Offensive Kinder Bus, and live music and DJs including bluegrass band The Coypus and the Dig It Sound System. No Dartmouth Arms on hand this year (boo!) but expect streetfood including a BBQ, pancake stand and lashings of craft beer. Oh, and fine wine, devilish Aperol spritzes and tasty charcuterie come courtesy of Truffles Deli, run by smiley community pillars Ann and Lee Smyth. Sunday 13th September, 12-7pm. Follow @yorkrisestreetp for info

PRIMROSE HILL: Folk all-dayer

Blackbeard's Tea Party. Photo: BTP
Blackbeard’s Tea Party. Photo: BTP
Gawp at some of the hottest acts on the British folk scene converging at this civilised NW1 venue for the annual London Folk Festival all day Saturday. Confirmed artists include Festival favourites Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Gadarene, Threepenny Bit alongside rising local acts Stick in the Wheel, Said The Maiden and more. There are workshops (spoons, clog, step dancing), singarounds and more. From midday till late. Saturday 12th September, Cecil Sharp House, NW1. Tickets here

KING’S CROSS: Courtyard Beer Fest

Courtyard - free but beery. Photo: Green Man
Free entry – but very beery. Photo: Green Man
Courtyard is a hugely popular area of the Green Man Festival, dishing up over 100 Welsh beers and ciders from independent brewers. It hits King’s Cross for the first time ever for a four-day bash starting today (Thursday 10th Sept) – with tons of live acts including The Wave Pictures, Stealing Sheep, Huw Stephens and Ibibio Sound Machine, plus DJs from Moshi Moshi Records. Hungry? There’ll also be lashings of Welsh streetfood. Free, Lewis Cubitt Square N1C 10th-13th September. More info here

GOSPEL OAK: Caribbean Weekender at Gipsy Queen

Lovely garden to pretend you're on holiday in. Photo: SE
Lovely garden to swoosh about in. Photo: SE
Need a final hit of sunshine this month? Well, the owners of The Grafton’s younger sibling can’t quite guarantee that, but at least there’s jerk chicken, salt fish fritters, roti and plaintain on the BBQ this weekend at this classy new boozer for a two-day celebration of all things Caribbean. Plus live acts, carnival screens, DJs, hula-hooping girls and plenty of kids’ activities. Free. Runs Friday 11th to Sunday 13th September, 166 Malden Rd, London NW5


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